Why be energy efficient?

The automotive industry uses substantial amounts of energy in the manufacturing of its products. Businesses in the automotive industry can achieve a range of benefits by improving their energy management, including reducing energy and operational costs, extending equipment life and reducing the risk of downtime through improved maintenance regimes.

Energy costs can account for a significant proportion of automotive industry overheads. The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce conducted audits of a range of automotive industries and found the following average annual electricity costs.

  • Automotive electrical repair workshops $11 800
  • Automotive dismantler and parts recyclers $14 000
  • Dealerships $42 500
  • Engine reconditioning workshops $26 400
  • Farm and industrial machinery dealers $14 000
  • Mechanical workshops $8 300
  • Motorcycle repairer and dealerships $13 900
  • Service station and convenience stores $11 800
  • Tyre dealers $17 400
  • Body repair workshops $23 000
  • Commercial vehicle dealer and repairers $34 200

Opportunities exist for these businesses to reduce their energy use and save money through the available resources.

Key resources

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has developed a range of tools  to assist industry sectors with making informed decisions on energy efficiency products and work practices.

  • Factsheets – The factsheets provide practical solutions to specific automotive industry sub-sectors. These include auto electrical repairer, automotive dismantler and parts recycler, body repairer, commercial vehicle repairer and dealer, dealership, engine reconditioning repairer, farm and industry machinery dealer, mechanical repairer, motorcycle repairer and dealer, service station and convenience store, and tyre dealer.
  • Guidelines – There are guidelines on specific products and technologies such as air compressors, draught proofing, lighting, PV systems, solar hot water and spray booths.
  • Products and services directory – The directory lists service provider details for commercial fridges, heating and cooling, lighting, motors, off-grid power, solar hot water systems, solar panels, standby power controllers, wind turbines and many more.
  • Videos – The videos cover topics such as general energy efficiency, solar panels and case studies.

See the VACC website for more information on energy efficiency in the automotive industry.